|Vogue 8804 - I won't be wearing mine on a motorbike!|
turquoise dress. It's a rather roughly-woven silk tweed. It is so old (acquired from the stash of a lovely lady in her late 70s, who probably bought it in the 1960s) that it seemed a little limp. So I threw caution to the winds and the fabric into the washing machine. The bath and a line dry seems to have made the fabric tense up - it feels more beefy than previously and though it lost a little red into the wash water it has the same colourful intensity as before. I think it will soften again with handling and wearing, but I like the result.
The patterned fabric at front is the same China silk I used to line the bodice of my dress. I figure it will be seriously cheerful inside a Chanel knock-off jacket.
Anyhow, I made a muslin. I cut the 10 and it is too big. When I pinned it out at approximately the size 8 dimensions, it seems much better. Still boxy, but not hanging off me.
|Muslin - size 10 pinned to approximate size 8|
The jacket has a very narrow side panel (it's about 4cm wide). There are no darts designed to be sewn in the outer shell. All the body shaping is supposed to be via shrinking the fabric with an iron, coupled with having darts sewn in the lining (to which the fashion fabric is attached permanently via machine-sewn vertical "quilting"). I'll have to test my fabric to see how well it shrinks in before committing to this technique. In particular, the amount to be shrunk at bust level into the side panel is rather daunting. In my muslin, it is somewhat gathered, and too low for my shape to boot. I intend to raise the point of the gathering and may sew a narrow dart there too.
To finish, here's a side view of the muslin. See that unattractive line from bust, angling downward? The bust shaping comes from that general area. Yeah, too low!
For sewing references, I will be referring regularly to the beautifully detailed in-progress photos of Ann Rowley and the discussion about this pattern at Artisan's Square. Ann is wonderfully generous in documenting her impeccable sewing for our use. She wrote, on the Artisan's Square thread:
The main reason that I make series of instructional photos like this is for educational purposes - I am passionate about sharing skills between people who sew; this is my contribution.
I have absolutely no reservations about you downloading these photos and their captions for your own personal use. However I would ask you not to post the actual photo, on a blog, or anywhere else, but just to provide a link. This can only be a request on my part as I don't want to stop personal downloads by altering the copyright.
And for when I'm at the point of deciding on trim, I'm going to refer to the instructions posted on another Artisan's Square thread for crocheting your own (hoping the link takes you directly to page 7 post #234 - if you are interested, scroll down through the next few pages). I haven't been hanging around that site much recently, and don't know anything about Bonnie (btriola) who posted these instructions, except that she obviously knows what she's doing! I am especially drawn to the trim which shows as #19 in this compilation of btriola's postings.